American Old Time Song Lyrics: 45 I Cant Changke It

Theater, Music-Hall, Nostalgic, Irish & Historic Old Songs, Volume 45

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Copyright, 1894, by T. B. Harms & Co.
Words and Music by T. W. Connor.

I know a lot of lazy men, and meet them when I may.
They've never got a penny-always "stony broke," they say;
With me it's just the other way, for I'm a man of "biz,"
I've always got a shilling in my pocket-here it is.

But I can't change it, I can't change it;
The reason why I'll let you know,
It's one I made myself, and so
I can't change it, no matter how I try.
But I hope to cheat a blind man in the sweet by and by.

I never was a proud young man, that any one can see;
The fashions I don't care about, for clothes don't trouble me;
I'll never be a masher, for I'm satisfied to know
I've got a shirt upon my back-I can say that although-

But I can't change it, I can't change it;
I've got but one shirt to my back,
It fits me like a blooming sack;
I can't change it, no matter how I try,
But I'll get a change of linen in the sweet by and by.

I got an Invitation to a wedding down our way,
So went into a store to get a new hat yesterday.
I soon got a hat I wanted and the premises did quit;
Now, since I've tried it on my head, I find it doesn't fit

But I can't change it. I can't change it,
For when the shopman turned his back,
I sneaked the "cady" off the rack.
I can't change it and never mean to try,
Or I might be picking oakum in the sweet by And by.

I thought that I'd get married, like a lot of foolish men;
I found the girl and bought the ring, got married there and then.
But when the job was over I was taken down a peg-
Her hair, her eyes and teeth were false, And she'd a wooden leg.

But I can't change it, I can't change it;
It was a great surprise to meI'd half a woman, half a tree.
I can't change her; I wish she'd do a guy,
But I'll put her up for auction in the sweet by and by.
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